Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Holy crap!

The toilet in Em's bathroom refused to flush starting late last week and persisted in this state despite all of my usual tricks (repeated flushing, pouring water into the bowl from my exalted altitude, getting The Mister to plunge, etc.)

So i had to break down and call a plumber.

Tom the Plumber (Joe was busy) looked under the bathroom sink and upon noting my choice of wiping material, told me that Charmin TP has LATEX in it.

Can that really be true? I looked it up on the interwebs and couldn't find anything about it. What about people who have latex allergies? Wouldn't this cause them to have rashes in unpleasant places?

Tom was unsuccessful in unclogging the toilet because (heh) his snake wasn't long enough. So he called a different company to come and remove the potty from the floor and use a longer snake.

Rufus the Rooter came over and when i mentioned that Tom thinks we use the wrong TP, he said, "Charmin or Cottonelle?"

I guess this is one of those little secrets that plumbers like to keep to themselves.

Having just been to Costco, i was flush (heh) with Charmin. I offered to pay them with toilet paper, but oddly, they both declined.

12 comments:

de said...

Whoa! Your problem may have solved one of mine!

Bob said...

I guess bears aren't allergic to latex, then? or, latex is kind to your behind?

at least corn cobs aren't involved.

Maggie said...

I just don't know what to say...
except that I wish I'd waited till after I'd finished breakfast to read your blog

I suppose all's well that ends well

hahahahhahaa

Non floods R good floods said...

I guess you'll just have to TP a few houses to put that charmin to good use

furiousBall said...

had no idea about that, thank you!

meno said...

de, at least some good will come of this.

bob, don't be silly, we wouldn't put corn cobs down the toilet! :)

maggie, sorry about that.

non floods, i've thought about that, believe me! Wanna help?

furious, i'm leaning towards it being true, since both of them though so.

nick said...

I'm glad I'm not a plumber. I wouldn't fancy rooting around in all those unsavoury nooks and crannies. Not to mention worrying if my snake was long enough....

TaraDharma said...

your puns made me almost crap my pants!

hmmm...I'll have to rethink the Cottonelle I guess. Who knew? I was going to suggest supple, green leaves but I guess the pipes wouldn't like that either.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Those are the two best brands, and the FDA doesn't require them to list ingredients. (I looked.) Yes, what ABOUT the many people with latex allergies? You can't trust anyone anymore.

Dick said...

My spouse likes Charmin and the potty in her bathroom has a tendency to get plugged easily. I've always figured it was because of the low volume flush toilets, but maybe there is something more to it. But with all the known latex allergies you would think the manufacturer would have to let the customer know if it does have latex in it.

tattytiara said...

Well now I wanna go buy some Charmin and do a burn test, see if I can smell burning rubber.

luckyzmom said...

I have used Northern exclusively for decades and still have clogging problems on occasion.